AA Northland District Council

The AA’s Northland District Council represents AA Members living North of Te Hana to Cape Reinga.

Working on behalf of AA Members for safety on Northland roads

The AA Northland District Council has an interest in a wide range of transport issues. We work to improve transport and road safety in our region in collaboration with Waka Kotahi-NZ Transport Agency, Regional and District Councils.

Our AA Council is a member of the Northland Road Safety Forum, whose members include the Police, representatives from the local trucking Industry, cycling groups, Northland Health, ACC and other representatives for public mobility. 

We are here to represent the views and interests of AA Members, ensuring the voice of local motorists is fairly heard in transport and road safety discussions. If you have any queries regarding our roads or your safety on the road, please contact our District Manager Arjay Ferrer at our Whangarei AA Centre.

Road safety

Road safety is a key priority for the AA’s Northland District Council. Unfortunately, roads in Northland are some of the least safe in New Zealand, in large part due to underinvestment in maintenance and improvements. With our population growing rapidly in recent years, use of our roads has been increasing at a faster rate than in many other regions around the country meaning that we have many under-maintained roads that are getting more and more vehicles travelling on them.

Maintaining a strong and safe road network is important to the economic vibrancy of Northland. The AA wants to see everyone get home safely at the end of the day. We are strongly advocating for increased awareness of risks on Northland roads and have managed to get media attention on the issue of road maintenance recently: 

Media articles about Northland road maintenance:

Northern Advocate - 3 April 2021

Northern Advocate - 13 April 2021

How we help to inform transport decision-making

The AA regularly uses its Member survey capability to provide insights into public sentiment on transport projects and policy decisions. Increasingly, the AA has done this in collaboration with local and central government agencies (Waka Kotahi-NZ Transport Agency in particular), to help fill information gaps, give AA Members maximum opportunity to have their say, and achieve the best outcomes for Northland. We are a strong advocacy group seeking to ensure that Northland is not forgotten and secures greater funding for its road network.

District Councillors

The District Councillors are: 

  • Tracey Rissetto (Chair)
  • Alan Ward (Vice Chair)
  • Steve Westgate (National Councillor)
  • Mark Winger (AA Board Member)
  • John Williamson
  • Vince Cocurullo
  • Gordon Lambeth
  • Angelene Waihohi
  • Adam Worley

Contacts for AA Members

District Manager: Arjay Ferrer, Whangarei AA Centre

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